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Biblical Feasts

The  Feasts of the Lord

{image_1}September–October always begins a new year for the Jewish people, but the Bible never calls these special days “Jewish” feasts. In Leviticus 23, they are referred to as the “feasts of the Lord.” Our faith life has been greatly enriched as we celebrate His feasts. We encourage you to add these feasts to your celebratory cycle.

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Tu’Bshvat: Happy New Year for Trees

{image_1}TuBshvat is Israel’s Arbor Day, every year on the fifteenth of the Jewish month of Shvat, which falls this year on January 22. Though it is not a biblical holiday, it does have its roots in biblical law, as fruit had to be tithed according to its age, so a New Year for trees was created from which the age of all trees could be calculated.

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What’s an etrog?

{image_1}Etrog is Hebrew for citron, but what’s a citron? It is not a mystery in Israel, but it is for most of the world. An etrog is a lemon-like fruit, not commonly eaten by Israelis, but used during the harvest festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). “And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees [citron], branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days” (Lev. 23:40). The citron and lulav (branches) are waved before the Lord to the east, west, south, and north, up and down, acknowledging that God is everywhere.

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ISRAEL & THE CHURCH:
GOD’s ROAD MAP

REBECCA J. BRIMMER
& BRIDGES FOR PEACE LEADERS

Full color, revised edition introduces the Hebraic roots of Christianity and tells the story of God’s covenant relationship with Israel. Study questions, excellent for small group or personal study.

(288 pages)

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